Government College Ughelli, Ughelli, Nigeria
In 1967 Festus Iyayi went to Government College Ughelli, graduating in 1968.
Pobedy ave., 54/1, Kyiv, Ukraine, 03057
Iyayi left Nigeria in 1970 to pursue his higher education, obtaining a Master of Science in Industrial Economics in 1974 from the Kyiv Institute of Economics (now Kyiv National Economic University), in the former USSR (now Ukraine).
Richmond Rd, Bradford BD7 1DP, United Kingdom
Festus Iyayi received his Ph.D from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, in 1980.
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Festus Iyayi started his education at Annunciation Catholic College in Irrua, Nigeria, finishing in 1966. In 1967 he entered Government College Ughelli, graduating in 1968.
Iyayi left Nigeria in 1970 to pursue his higher education, obtaining a Master of Science in Industrial Economics in 1974 from the Kyiv Institute of Economics (now Kyiv National Economic University), in the former USSR (now Ukraine), and then in 1980 his Ph.D from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom.
At the beginning of his career, Festus Iyayi worked as an economic correspondent for several newspapers in Bendel from 1974 to 1977. Additionally, he was an industrial training officer at Bendel State University (nowadays Ambrose Alli University) in Ekpoma, Nigeria, also from 1974 to 1977.
Festus Iyayi went back to Benin in 1980, and became a lecturer in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Benin till 1987. As a member of the university staff, he became interested in radical social issues, and a few years after his employment, he became the president of the local branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Festus Iyayi was one of the best lecturers in the Department of Business Administration, University of Benin. His students spanned from Undergraduates, Masters and Postgraduates. His interests included behavioral science in business, human resources management, key concepts such as workplace alienation, Theory of needs, Work and task, Recruitment and Selection, different paradigms: radical, system, and political, among others.
Iyayi died in a ghastly motor accident caused by a reckless convoy of the then Kogi State governor Idris Wada while on his way to Kano State to attend the National Executive Council meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities concerning a four-month strike embarked upon by the union.
Iyayi was a member of different Nigerian literary organizations. Besides, he was a member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). He rose to the position of president of the organization in 1986, but in 1988, the union was briefly banned and Iyayi was detained.